Can you imagine working for twelve continuous hours without having even a drop of water and not just a day or two but continuously for one month? Well, we are not talking about any new diet that is catching up but the age old festival of Ramzan followed by Muslims all over the world. Do only men keep this fast? No, not really. Not just men even women and children take part in it.
So, when a person is fasting for twelve continuous hours without even a drop of water what is their state of mind? Do they have enough energy left in them? How do they feel? To check this out we visited a government school in Hsr
which is adopted by an NGO Aasha Infinite Foundation and had a chance meet with founder CV Meera Raman and bunch of energetic kids who showed no signs of fatigue or weakness despite keeping Roza and were full of energy and jumping up and down.
Founder Meera Raman says “ Kids who turn up during festival are full of energy and enthusiasm. May be this is the spirit of the festival that keeps them going.”
Children were excited that our team is interested in talking to them and finding out how they celebrate the festival and even more excited to face the cameras and spoke their heart out.
Check out what kids have to say about Ramzan:-
We were surprised and also applaud the spirit with which these kids are keeping Roza and eagerly waiting for Eid to open their fast.
But soon after we pondered over another question.
What do festivals offer to us about religion, food and bonding?
Well, let’s see what Counselor Usha Madan has to say about it. What is the significance of fasting during festivals? As, it is quite common to all the religions.
She said that “My understanding is that may be it was introduced to make experience the difficulties of “Hunger” which a deprived person has to go through. It hopes to make people empathetic towards the sufferings of the less privileged “. She feels that festivals are great time for bonding . “More than bonding with the family it is the time for bonding within the community where in after becoming sensitive to others sufferings or lacking we are expected to bond with all the people without class or status division. People get together, open their fast & feast together over wide range of festive food thereby promoting harmony and love for each other.” she quoted
Yes, we were enlightened. But, another question popped up.
What is the impact of a fast on one’s body? What would be the survival tips to do this fast with ease?
We hunted down a dietician who answered our query Ms. Pradnyan Sonawane, a Mumbai based registered
dietician/nutritionist with experience of 7 years in this field says “When a person is breaking fast they should have lot of fresh fruits,dry fruits,vegetables, & cheese. Compared to adults, Children can be more hungry and they need more calories. So as a dietitian my advice would be to eat high caloric food items for sahar to meet whole day’s calorie requirements and moderate calorie diet for iftar because after sunset BMR(basal metabolism rate) goes down and food can be digested efficiently and more water can be consumed after meals.”
Wow, we were also gripped with festive fever. Hola! But how could we forget our favourite uncle at this time for advice. We always look to him for advice for anything. Yes, you guessed it right! Uncle Google. We went to see what he has to say.
Muslims believe the Quran was revealed during the ninth month of the holy calendar, Ramadan.Their teaching says that the Prophet Mohammed received revelations from God during this time, which made up their holy guide. In light of this, Muslims will read as much of the Koran as they can during the holy month.
Ramadan is considered a time for intense prayer and religious devotion, with Muslims encouraged to observe five daily prayers throughout the day.
Many will recite the Quran just before sunset and the start of their feasting. Often people will donate money to charity during Ramadan and help to feed the hungry.
Some other key facts
- Ramzan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which the Quran was revealed.
- Ramzan is considered a time for intense prayer and religious devotion, with Muslims encouraged to observe five daily prayers throughout the day.
- Fasting during Ramazan is one of the five pillars — or duties — of Islam, along with the testimony of faith, prayer, charitable giving, and making pilgrimage to Mecca.
- During Ramzan, Muslims abstain from eating any food, drinking any liquids, smoking cigarettes etc. from dawn to sunset.
- It is also highly recommended to give Zakat (obligatory tax/donation – 2.5% of wealth/savings/assets) and Sadaqah (voluntary charity) in the Ramzan.
- Iftar: The meal taken to break the fast at sun-down during Ramzan.
- Suhoor: The traditionally light meal taken late night or early hours before starting the fast, from dawn.
- Eid-ul-Fitar celebrates the end of Ramzan and marks the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal.
- The most important sweet of Eid is the meethi sevaiyan, which is made in different and flavorsome ways. Muslims welcome this day with something sweet, which is why it is also called Meethi Eid.
- The day usually begins with early morning prayers and then family visits and feasts. Muslims greet each other by saying ‘Eid Mubarak’
At Ayyan Fireworks, we truly believe that celebrating every festival is like celebrating life. We get drenched in unique flavor of every festival in our own unique style to spread happiness and joy. We wish everyone happy and healthy Ramzan and joyous Eid from the bottom of our heart.